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Working with RGB images versus CMYK images has been debated for a long time. We're going to look at the benefits of one over the other. RGB images offer much more flexibility and are smaller than CMYK images since they only have three channels. It's not necessary to convert your RGB images before placing them into InDesign. By leaving your images in RGB, you have much greater flexibility. You might use those same images for a web site, for a digital press, or a sheetfed or web press, although you may want to convert them when exporting a PDF, unless your printer is familiar with an RGB workflow and color management. We can see the color space of our images by examining the Links panel.
I am going to open up my Links panel, and if I don't see the color space here, I would select it from my panel Options. I can also see my ICC profiles, which are an important part of an RGB workflow. We're going to cover that in another movie. When I look at my Links panel, I can see my color space here, RGB, along with the ICC profile of each image. All our images are RGB, and they contain an ICC profile. There are times when a CMYK image will be a better choice.
For example, when color correction is necessary, some people prefer working with CMYK images. Another example is if the image is already in CMYK, you wouldn't want to change it back to RGB. Even though I recommend working with RGB images, I would not create swatches as RGB. I would create them as CMYK. Let's go ahead and take a look at our Swatches panel. I can see all my swatches are currently CMYK. I can tell that by the icon next to them. I am going to make another color swatch here, and I'm going to make sure my Color mode is CMYK, and I can bury my Magenta plate and my Yellow and create another color. And I would use that new swatch in my document knowing it's going to a four-color press.
There are advantages of working with RGB images, but there are some considerations you need to take into account before deciding what workflow is best for you. If you are going to submit your job with RGB images, I would to make sure you talk to your printer beforehand and make sure they're working in a RGB- color-managed workflow.
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